Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Wednesdays with Addie- The Last Lunch

 (I really wish we'd had Supper this day and then I could have titled this blog as The Last Supper. )
Last Wednesday was our final Wednesdays with Addie lunch before her Momma heads back to work. I feel like her maternity leave went by SO quickly! Not gonna lie, I am pretty bummed to not get to see and snuggle my Addie girl every other Wednesday :(

As per the usual, Addie slept thru our lunch. In her almost 12 weeks of life I have barely seen her awake. But she does look pretty adorable sleeping, and I DO love cuddling with her, so I am ok with that!
 We ignored the let sleeping babies lie, and got her out of her swing about 45 mins before i needed to leave, so we could get some snugglies in. She was a little upset but I was able to calm her down with her puppy/wubbie and...
 The Patented Auntie Charity Squat/Rock/Bounce. Works like a charm, every single time. I am going to have really toned legs by the time all of these babies turn 1 year old.
 We attempted a 3 person selife, Addie was struggling a little bit, but her Momma and I look good! I love how she was looking at her Mommy. So sweet!
 These are my people.
 After my patented moves, she went back to sleep and I took my place in our cuddle spot. It cracks me up that she always wants to sleep in and around my armpit.
I don't know if you can tell but her pants have the ruffle butt! I love ruffle butts!!! SO stinkin cute!!!

And yes, my face is a different shade than the rest of my body, because when I've been outside I have put copious amounts of sunscreen on my face and then shielded it further with a hat and sunglasses. This girl is not a fan of sun damage! however, I might need to get some self tanner for my face so i don't look quite so odd.. :)

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Just call me Jharity Duggar + LifeCare Services

I have a confession. I love the Duggars. Their show has become my favorite show to watch, and I feel like I know them. So much that Audra and I are always texting/emailing eachother to share the latest Duggar news, like they are our actual friends IRL. "Jill finally had her baby! He is so cute!"  " Did you see Jessa's wedding dress? SO beautiful! I want to wear that!" 

We cry and I mean CRY at the wedding episodes, (Jessa+Ben's wedding was our fave) and just really enjoy watching them. It's nice to have a show that I can watch and not have to worry about stuff I don't want to see. And honestly, it is kind of encouraging television! The Duggar's have given me some ideas on different ways to serve and have even convicted me at times.

So yes, I am a Duggar Fan. 

And Proud of it!

So when I was at Jboz's baby shower a few weeks ago Bethy informed me that Josh Duggar was coming to Purdue to speak at a banquet, I knew I was going even if I had to go alone!

Well it turns out that I have several Duggar Fan Friends :)

So last Thursday night I picked up Preggo Eggo, aka Jboz, and we went to Purdue to meet up with Audra and her friend Angela. I have no pictures of the latter two, as Miss Addie was wanting her Momma, so they had to leave early from the banquet. 

It was a really nice event, held in a ballroom at Purdue. I was so surprised to see so many people I knew there and even more surprised to find out that several of my friends worked at LifeCare! (More on LifeCare at the end of the post)

We had special music by the great and awesome Joel Brovont and I nearly died when I saw Josh videoing Joel singing! Joel was our former worship leader at our old church,, and now has his second cd out! Clearly Josh has good taste! :) (When I got home I looked at his twitter and facebook and he had posted the video of Joel and also posted a link to buy his CD!!)

 Me and Preggo Eggo. I don't know why I call her that but it just fits. We both managed to sit for almost 3.5 hours. I almost needed a hip transplant at the end of it, and we won't discuss our bladders, but we stuck through it!
 Funny Story. As we were trying to make our way thru the crowd to get in line for a picture with Josh, I saw the back of a dark hair lady's head, and this mustard colored purse. I said to Jboz- I recognize that purse! I think that's my friend Holly! Well of course when you think you know someone, they never turn their head around, so I just kept staring at her purse, so sure it was her. Finally as we got in line she turned around and I was right!! Apparently I really know my friends accessories! HA! So good to see my sweet Holly!
And finally the moment we'd waited for! Meeting Josh! Aka our new Bestie. He was really nice, duh, and talked to us for almost 10 minutes! I told Jboz as we were driving home how terrible I would be as a famous person. I am not good at small talk, I wouldn't want to be followed around having people take my picture and having to meet new people and talk to them all the time. I don't know how he, and the rest of the family does it! But he was very gracious and talked to us just like we were friends he went to church with, talking after a service.

Also, he was taller than me. Which for some reason surprised me! ha! I don't know why! I guess you really can't judge people's height on tv!

We were bummed that Anna wasn't there, and told him to say Hi to her for us (hahah like we know her! we're stalkers, so awkward!) and that we missed seeing her there. She is expecting just like Jboz and due in July so I don't blame her for not being able to fly here! Flying is uncomfortable when you're not pregnant.

So all in all it was a great night and was really neat to meet Josh! I am learning that several of my students are big Duggar fans, so I am finally winning some cool points with them :)

You might be wondering what Josh was speaking at/for. Well it was a fundraiser dinner for LifeCare Services here in West Lafayette. It's a super awesome place to go if you're pregnant and want some practical, non judgmental help, FREE of charge! I had no clue they existed, but I was really interested to hear about what they have to offer. 

They do pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, STD and STI testing, they have all kinds of parenting classes, breastfeeding classes, basically everything you need to know if you're having a baby. And it's all free of charge!

 The coolest thing was that for each class you attend you earn "Bucks" and you can use those to "purchase" baby clothes, and items at their little store. So cool! I copied a list of some of their services from the website below.  I think it's really neat that we have this here and ANYONE can go there and get whatever help they need!

Practical Assistance Free of Charge

  • Pregnancy tests
  • Information on pregnancy and fetal development
  • Options information
  • Maternity clothing
  • Baby clothing & equipment
  • Adoption information & referrals
  • Referrals for financial assistance, physicians, maternity housing and more
  • Post abortion counseling
  • Fatherhood support
  • Parenting Classes

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Meeting Alexander Paul/Easter 2015

 Well it's Mother's Day today so what better day to blog about my trip to meet my newest nephew and celebrate Easter! Brace yourself for a LOT of pictures. And these are just the ones from my camera. I have phone and tablet pics as well!

It was a LONG drive, and I get giddy when I start seeing roads named after John Deere. JD country means we are close to my brother's!
 Speaking of JD and my big bro, here I am going over the bridge with the building where he used to work right next to it!  And by right next to it i mean RIGHT next to it. If memory serves me correctly I got a tour of this building many moons ago.
 No trip to Iowa is complete without a stop at the Happiest Place on earth. Whitey's Ice cream. I am thankful that my Dad shares my love of Whitey's and Ice Cream, otherwise I have a feeling he would not let me stop for it! We were rather excited to be here!
 I always get their Cherry smoothie, and it is SO SO SOOO GOOD!!
 Finally the moment I had waited for! I got to meet my newest little nephew, Alexander Paul! aka. my little lovemuffin. Isn't he just precious? He had just fallen asleep when we arrived, but I got to hold him and he slept in my arms for almost 4 hours!
 I mean stop. The cuteness.
 He was smiling in his sleep, but i didn't catch a full smile! So precious though!
 We hung out in the recliner for hours, rocking and sleeping (for him) and taking pics and oohing and ahhing over his cuteness (me).
 I very quickly learned that lovemuffin makes a LOT of noise while he sleeps. He also kind of flails around, stretches his legs, basically everything but staying still.. And yet he is dead asleep while he does it! Did I mention his grunting? This child is the gruntiest little thing I have ever met!
 His cheeks. I die. I was hoping he'd have smoochable cheeks like his big brother and he did not disappoint!
 These pics are SO much like the pics of snugglemuffin the first time i met him and held him while he slept for hours. I need to do a side by side of them!
 When the baby is this cute you just take picture after picture.
 I couldn't help myself.
 Snuggle Buddies
 I took this for my chiropractor, #futurepatient

 Eventually lovemuffin got to meet his Grandpa!
 He was awake for about 2 minutes and then conked out again. Apparently we are really exciting people to him :)
 Nana got to hold her boy, and her sweetie got to chat with his little brother. #bffs
 This kid. I have a love/hate with this picture. On one hand I love it because it's so stinkin cute, and his little fake smile. On the other hand I hate it because he looks SO GROWN UP! Everytime i see it i think he should have the keys in his hand and be telling us he's going to pick up his friends and he'll be home before curfew.
 Seriously, bffs. He loves his little brother!
 The next day was me attempting to get pics of my big boy, while he was having a case of the sillies. I love his giggles.
 big and little.
 It literally took about 28 pictures to get one good of us. Might have had something to do with the fact that he kept hiding his face in my hair.
 Hooray!!! Auntie is here!
 Lovemuffin's big brother had to go take a bath so I was on Auntie duty. when he realized Mommy was not in the room anymore he wasn't super thrilled about it.
 So of course it was time to do the Squat/Rock/Bounce.... that was helping but it needed something more so I started singing to him a little ditty called "Go to Sleep Alexander" sung to the tune of Brahms Lullaby. #musicteacher He seemed to enjoy that and quit fussing. BUT if heaven forbid I would quit singing, he would start fussing again. I finally had to start humming it because my voice was getting tired! It did the trick though..
 And he was out cold for another 3.5 hours. #auntieskillz
 So what's a girl to do? Take more pics of her adorable sleeping baby nephew. Next time I see him he'll be much bigger, so I wanted to soak in and take as many pics to remember him this little!
 That chin. That belly. That shirt!

 It's just too much cuteness!!
 The next day was Sunday, Easter Sunday! And of course we were at church. I was SO excited to see my friend Chantelle! She is a dear friend to our family, and really is more like family than a friend. She is just precious to us. Definitely was the highlight of my Easter Sunday getting to see and talk to her in person!
 After lunch we attempted some pics. This was with my old camera and I was having massive issues with blurry pics or my oldest nephew moving in the 9 minutes that it takes for the flash to go off. I was thankful to get this cute one of him giving me kisses. I hope he always wants to give hugs and kisses!
 And me with my littlest nephew, Can't wait for him to give me hugs and kisses. I remember the first time B hugged me goodnight. I darn near ugly cried.
Can we just talk about how ADORABLE he was in his little shirt, vest and BOW TIE??!! I about couldn't take it! Such a handsome little guy!

So thankful for both of my nephews, Praying that God does great things in their lives!

Sidenote: Yes, my Bro and SIL were there, but I didn't any really good pics of them, so just picture them looking really fancy in Easter clothes :)

Monday, May 4, 2015

What's Up?

Filed under the Better Late than Never, I'm joining the What's up Wednesday link up, that was a week ago, and I'm jumping in on a Monday. Might as well be fully off the beat!

  • What I'm eating this week. Well it's Monday. So not a whole lot yet! I'll be eating out more this week, Weds is my lunch with Audra and Addie and Thursday night I'm going to a banquet. Stay tuned for reports on both!
  • I can't get over how much Addie has grown! Auds posted pics this morning of her sitting up reading books. She's almost 3 months old and can hold her head up and just looks SO BIG to me! :(
  • I'm loving this warmer weather, shorts, flip flops and not having my heat running! Can I get an Amen?!
  • What I'm dreading. I wouldn't say dreading, but tomorrow, Tuesday, is going to be a crazy long day of teaching. I am tired just thinking about it.
  • What I'm working on. My To Do list! Monday is paperwork, ect day for me. So I've been working on odds and ends and trying to prepare for the week's lessons.
  • I'm excited about the Banquet Thursday night! Jboz is coming with me and we're meeting Audra and her friend there, and did I mention that the Duggars are going to be there?! Well, Josh and Anna at least. I'm a HUGE Duggar fan and I feel like Anna and I could be friends :)
  • What I'm watching. Right now I have a massive, unhealthy addiction to Hawaii Five-0 on Netflix. Yes, you read that correctly. The new remake on CBS, It is so smart and funny and the guys aren't ugly either :)
  • Right now I'm listening to silence, and the sound of my fan running. Ahh.. Sweet peace and quiet!
  • I'm wearing PJ's, which since it's warm outside now, consist of a t shirt and basketball shorts. #fashionista
  • What I'm doing this weekend. Landscaping. Mom is coming on Friday and we're planting flowers and some lilac and rose bushes! After that I will have to sleep outside to make sure my colony of rabbits don't eat them like they did my tulips. #thismeanswar
  • I'm looking forward to Jboz's baby being born! and having a hospital party! Also excited for more summer, and possibly a little kiddie pool in my back yard.
  • What else is new? Not a whole lot! I have discovered Aldi's and am basically in love with them and their cheap cheap prices. Even their produce is cheap!

Saturday, April 25, 2015

This Ol House- Weekend Edition

 Late, very late, last fall I planted tulips in my random weird corner plot in my front yard. I planted an entire bag of them, and wondered if any would come up. Miraculously some have! I was beyond excited to see flowers growing and blooming!!
 I took these pictures on Friday and I'm sure my neighbors thought I was weird for taking pictures of my three flowers but I did not care!
 I was really glad I got pictures of this pretty blood orange tulip, since I woke up Saturday morning and looked outside and some stupid animal had destroyed it!!! ARRRRGGHHHHHHHH!!! I saw the petals laying so sadly on the ground and I nearly cried.
 I'm having a massive Animal Planet issue in my backyard, and apparently my front yard as well. I have a huge groundhog who thinks he owns the backyard and under my shed and an entire colony of rabbits. Yes, I'm thrilled. *sarcasm*
 Now that I'm a homeowner I am finding that weekends are a little different than they used to be! This is me Friday afternoon, after I got done teaching it was time to mow the lawn. I didn't think I was a person who really cared about grass and lawns, until I had my own. Now I find myself to be rather particular about the length and size of my grass. I like it cut down pretty short.
 It had been 13 days since I Mowed last and man did it need it. Above is a side by side comparison of my back yard. It's basically a jungle.
 And this is why I waited 13 days to mow. I am allergic to grass, trees, and weeds. Basically anything that is green and grows, I am allergic to. I have started allergy shots and they are helping, but not so much when I mow.

 My allergist told me I needed to wear a mask to try and keep from breathing it in. Which I did in my backyard.  I can tell you that it didn't help much. Or at all. I still went from fine to "i feel like i have a terrible cold" in about 5 mins of mowing the backyard.

 I have to take breaks to blow my nose and catch my breath, something about wheezing and not being able to breathe makes me not feel so well. It's really frustrating as I like the physical activity of mowing my lawn, it's a great workout and It's nice to be outside doing something. But my sinuses and head just can't take it. The interesting thing about this allergy journey/struggle is that I can sit outside and not be bothered. I sit outside on my patio whenever I can and read and stay out there all afternoon and don't have any struggles. 

 After mowing I have to come in and immediately shower, and wash my hair and face and remove makeup, ect, and immediately put my clothes in the washer and wash them so that I am not bringing the allergens inside. I spent the rest of the evening sneezing, coughing, clearing my throat, and generally hacking up a lung. I think I may have to hire someone to mow my lawn until my allergies can get under control. #miserable
 Friday night before the mowing fun, I had a few lessons and right before the final lesson I noticed my toilet was running. I went in to investigate and the back of my toilet handle inside the tank had broken. So I knew I needed a new handle. In the meantime, I rigged up the situation in the picture above. I used a drain un clogger to loop around the chain that causes the toilet to flush. I told this to the guy at the hardware store and he was impressed with my ingeniousness. :)
So Saturday during a break from the rain, I ran to the hardware store and picked up a new handle, with help from my new friend at said store who told me that I was a smart girl, and I wouldn't have any problems installing it. Told ya he was impressed with me! He was right. It took me more time to check out and pay for my handle than to install it on the toilet.

And yes, I have just written an entire post about, flowers, lawncare, and fixing a toilet. Life is just a little different when you're a homeowner. Now excuse me while I go to google landscaping options and how to get rabbits out of your flowers.